Today was a great day! I returned to Vienna, a city that I deeply love and know extremely well. My “to-do” list in preparation for the arrival of my UNCG students on Saturday was very long, but I got almost everything done. It is so much fun to have a long list of errands in a foreign city.
Because I go so much done today, I have extra time tonight, so I went to see Bizet’s opera “Carmen” at the Vienna State Opera House. It was sold out, but past experiences there have taught me that you can buy a ticket beforehand from any number of people in the lobby who have an extra ticket or two. I bought one in the first row of one of the higher balconies for only 10 Euros. The opera was great – sets by Franco Zeffirelli, great singing, and the sensational Vienna Philharmonic in the pit.
Here are some pictures from the opera. I honor the request of the opera house by not taking pictures during the performance.
I am also starting to learn a little about video, and made my first attempt at a video blog in the streets of Vienna today. The sound is not what I’d like, but it’s a start! Enjoy a little walk on Vienna’s Karntnerstrasse from the Vienna State Opera to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.